(Yicai Global) Jan. 19 -- Tuosule Auto Sales Co., an affiliate of US automaker Tesla Inc., has recalled some imported Model S vehicles manufactured from Sep. 24, 2013 to Dec. 21, 2013 due to defective airbag components, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China said in a notice.
Some of the front passenger airbags feature Takata Corp. components, and their inflators may be affected by ammonium nitrate propellant degradation when exposed to high temperatures and moisture. When airbags deploy, the inflator may rupture and send out shrapnel.
Seven vehicles are affected in mainland China.
Tesla delivered the first batch of Model S vehicles to their owners in China in April 2014. Most of them were celebrities, including Alibaba Entertainment Chairman Yu Yongfu, Sina Chief Executive Cao Guowei, CHJ Automotive CEO Li Xiang, Lifan Football Club Chairman Yin Xidi and Hunan satellite television host Wang Han, Securities Daily reported.
The owners of the seven vehicles may all be celebrities and entrepreneurs.
This is not the first time Tesla has had a recall. The carmaker voluntarily took back 11,000 Model X vehicles in the US last October over a safety issue that could have affected riders in the second row. A week later, it recalled 2,277 of its imported Model X cars made in 2016 and 2017for the same reason.
Takata first publicly acknowledged that its airbag components had potential security risks in 2015. It pled guilty to fraud and a court in the US sentenced it to pay USD1 billion in penalties in February last year. The company filed for bankruptcy on June 26, 2017.
Several automakers have recalled vehicles over issues related to Takata airbag parts.